PRO SINGING EXERCISES – West End Vocal Warm Up For Professional Singers



Warm up your voice like the pro’s, with the exercises used in London West End Theatres. Anna is joined by West End professionals Mark Smith and Nathaniel Morrison.

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To be an awesome singer you need to practice regularly, try this video.

Your voice is a muscle and if you’re serious about wanting to learn to sing well then you need to strengthen that muscle. I can speak from experience, as someone who couldn’t belt, twang, sing more than an octave and a bit and had massive pitching issues to someone who has been singing professionally for the last 10 years. I did at least 15 minutes exercising a day as well as singing through lots of material and within six months my voice made an incredible change. You can too.

NATHANIEL MORRISON
As well as a talented performer Nathaniel is also the artistic director of The West End Gospel Choir. For more info on them:

Twitter: @westendgospel
Email: info@westendgospelchoir.co.uk

Singing Lesson: Discover An Easy Head Voice By Turning Your Singing UpSide -Down



Read details about this vocal exercise below or read the blog post at:

Change Your Singing By Changing Your Perspective

In my voice studio, I often use words like play, experiment, feel, and imagine.

I incorporate untraditional movements into the lesson time; the goal being to override vocal muscle-memory and allow a space for the student to see their potential in a new light.

This opening allows a brighter and wider view of their horizon, evidence that the “rules” can bend and boundaries may expand.

It is the new perspective that shifts everything.

So, how about this shift? What if you sing upside-down?

My undergraduate voice instructor, Patricia Gee, introduced this concept to me through a book called “A Soprano on Her Head” by Eloise Ristad. In the opening pages, Eloise shares an experience where she and another singer discover a new way of finding a relaxed and easily placed sound.

And while I will share this valuable exercise with you today, I would like to first emphasis Eloise’s bigger awareness, “The important thing we did was to establish an open, flexible, experimental state of mind — a state of curiosity and excitement.”

t’s the singer’s curiosity & willingness to experiment that allows for a creative breakthrough.

Weaving this philosophy through your artistic process will yield unforeseen awareness and success.

Last week in the Speak Singing exercise, we talked about allowing for a lifted soft palate, relaxed larynx, and a loose jaw and tongue. If you would like to experiment with this a bit further, let’s play with singing upside-down.

Singing Upside-Down Does 8 Things:

1. Relaxes the Tongue

2. Releases the Jaw Hinge

3. Activates a Low Breath

4. Frees the Neck

5. Opens the Passage Between the Throat and the Sinus

6. Supports the Sensation of Mask Resonance

7. Lifts the Soft Palate

8. Takes Pressure off the Larynx

Your Rejoice In Your Voice™ Assignment

Watch the video demonstration and read the step-by-step instructions below.

1. Lean over at the hip joints

2. Let the torso dangle

3. Head drop and relax

4. Take in an easy breath

5. Feel the breath expansion in your lower abdominals

6. On the exhale, sing a phrase of music or 4 or 5-note pattern

7. Give special attention to allowing for a loose and relaxed neck

NOTE: Some singers may find that when they inhale or exhale their neck may want to “grab” — breathe and allow the neck to dangle and relax once more. This “neck grabbing” reaction is a valuable clue that there may be habitual neck tension when the singer is singing upright.

8. Sing through the phrase or note pattern again, but this time…

9. Slowly come up to a standing position in the middle of the singing phrase

10. Continue to sing, using the same space you did when you were upside-down

The Results

What do you notice? How does it feel?

Everyone is different, but I have found that for my students and me, this exercise creates an open, flexible, and easily balanced head voice. Singing feels easier. Sound is more clear and rich.

Try singing upside-down for yourself.

Play, experiment, and celebrate your discoveries, whatever they may be, and always Rejoice In Your Voice™.

Let me know how the exercise goes in the comment section below and share this post with a singer friend!

Happy singing!

xoxoxox

Tricia

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